Homelessness is a real problem in communities across the Commonwealth — a problem that increasingly involves not only individuals but entire families. On any given day, 16,200 Pennsylvanians are known to be homeless. During one school year, school districts around the state provide services to approximately 13,000 homeless children.  

The issues of affordable housing and homelessness are intricately connected. While circumstantial factors vary, homelessness occurs when people or households are unable to acquire and/or maintain housing they can afford. The chief cause of homelessness in the United States is the scarcity of affordable homes. 

The Housing Alliance has also organized the Homeless Providers Network, a subcommittee of service providers and advocates to develop and focus more resources on the growing issue of homelessness.

News for Homelessness

Task force targeting Pittsburgh's 'affordable housing crisis'

The city of Pittsburgh has a shortage of 21,000 units of affordable housing, and a city task force is making recommendations about how to help solve it.

Webinar Recording: Housing First

The Housing First model is simple: provide housing first, and then combine that housing with supportive treatment services in the areas of mental and physical health, substance abuse, education, and employment.

HUD releases final report on Rapid Re-Housing outcomes

HUD released the final evaluation report of the Rapid Re-Housing for Homeless Families Demonstration (RRHD) Program.
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New changes to HUD CoC and ESG Program implementation

Over the past several months, a few changes have been made in how HUD implements the Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Programs, particularly the CoC Program, to help providers operate the programs more effectively and with less administrative burden.
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Knight Cities Challenge announces $5Million in funding for 37 innovative projects

The volume of applications were down but the numbers of winners are up in the second round of the Knight Cities Challenge, which on Tuesday awarded $5 million for 37 innovative projects in small-to-midsize communities
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Report targets homelessness

The problem of homelessness is on the radar screen in Harrisburg with the release of a new legislative study and passage of targeted legislation by House lawmakers.
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House Resolution No. 550 of 2014 directed the Joint State Government Commission to establish a bipartisan legislative task force and an advisory committee to conduct a study of the occurrence, effects, and trends of homelessness in Pennsylvania and to report its findings and recommendations.


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